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A new report reveals that per capita emissions in China increased last year, boosting the average Chinese person's emissions to 7.2 tons per year. "We need a more integrated view of our landscapes," biodiversity head Deon Nel said at the release of the Living Planet Report in Cape Town.

Istithmar hands over New York building – The National

Istithmar also bought a 73 per cent stake in the Mandarin Oriental in New York for $340m in 2007 and the W Hotel Union Square for $285m in 2006. 50 drugs blamed for high cost of UAE's health care. The red-brick building with a green roof in Times Square that was formerly The Knickerbocker hotel is up for sale.

Bloomberg.com – Sexwale Aid for Poor Seen as Boon for Banks – Mortgages – Bloomberg

South Africa should also consider creating a state-owned construction company to reduce the cost of building new homes, he told lawmakers in Cape Town on May 9. Mid-sized houses of 141 to 220 square meters sell on average for 964,000 rand, and large homes of up to 400 square meters for 1.47 million, according to Absa.

Zuma's R200-million renovation – In The Paper – Mail & Guardian – News

If you spend R20 000 per square metre on building from scratch with the top finishes and craftsmanship, at 1 000 square metres, thats R1-million.

Standard Bank Rosebank +R2bn property – Commercial, News

According to Windeed, a sales analysis of 45 properties in Rosebank reveals that the highest priced property has a price tag of R543 620 575 with a R22 101 per square metre, the average price R44 683 058 and R15 026 per square metre and the lowest price has a price tag of R2 million and R1 947 per square metre.

The Times – Speedy Hire, which provides tools and gear to the building trade, reported a surprise 4.1 per …

Paul Hampden Smith, finance director of the country's leading builder's merchant, said: "Our average customer is being squeezed between the straitened consumer and a lot of input inflation in energy, commodities and from the costs of manufacturers with less work but high fixed costs.".

Food News – all consuming news – Opinion – Senate, balking at cost of House food …

States' burden of obesity-related medical costs ranges from $203 million for Nevada to $15 billion per year in California, illustrating burden on health care system, analysts say. Dam-building project means switch to water from Calaveras Reservoir for San Francisco area. Annually, obesity costs US $270 billion.

Design Observer – Design with the Other 90% – Design Observer – Cities – Places

Longstanding poor communities had been moved there from the city center and given small plots of land (less than 18 square meters, or 200 square feet, per resident), a process that discounted the importance of their established socioeconomic networks and physical proximity to their workplaces.

Terri Vellios – Santa Clara County Realtor – Earthquake Book

Mitigation, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San. Building Education Center. California Building Officials. Building contractor, architect, or engineer. Jose, CA 95192-0082.

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